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H2M CEO Backs New STEM School

Pilot Aces Emergency Landing Dodges traffic, obstacles to land safely on Rte. 231

By Danny Schrafel

By Mike Koehler

At H2M Architects & Engineers in Melville, hiring local residents is a welcome rarity. “The architecture and engineering market is down from where it was four or five years ago,” Gil Brindley, H2M’s director of marketing, said. “It’s just coming back up now to that same level, but we anticipate we’re going to have a hard time finding folks in the future.” H2M competes for hires with municipal agencies, utility companies and government groups, and often has to look to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to hire. A large number of government engineers are expected to retire in the next 10 years, he added, further pinching the number of available workers, Brindley said. But something in the works by local school districts could help turn back the tide. Two Huntington-area schools are making moves to open learning centers that focus more on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The South Huntington School District cut the ribbon Friday on their new Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center STEM Career Academy, which in the upcoming school year, will shift its focus to a rigorous STEM curriculum focused on inquirybased learning. District spokesman Steve Bartholomew said the sixth-grade center would give all South Huntington students a taste of what STEM education is like. For those who want to pursue it further, district officials are developing curriculum for grades 7 to 12 to give those students the opportunity to immerse themselves. “They’ll all get a piece of it here and they’re working on it as (Continued on page A24)

When a stunt plane made an unexpected landing amid traffic on a South Shore highway last week, weaving through trucks and traffic on Deer Park Avenue, no damage or injuries occurred. It’s something the pilot, a Melville man, attributes to his expertise. Now, David Windmiller, 49, is searching for a new plane to use in the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach on Memorial Day weekend. He’s flown in all nine of the shows to date. “I’d be pretty upset if I missed one,” he said. Windmiller brought his singleengine plane down onto Route 231 in Babylon Thursday afternoon after suffering catastrophic engine failure. Training to again fly in the air show, Windmiller felt the plane violently shake on his way back to Republic Airport. “It didn’t last very long; from the time of the engine vibration to the time the engine exploded was about 15 seconds,” he said. “When the engine seized, the propeller separated and came apart also from the sudden shock.” With no engine and no propeller, the Melville resident was focused on finding a site he could land without hurting himself or anyone else. He aimed for the highway stretch of Route 231, despite plenty of traffic on the road. “It was a difficult maneuver but I was able to squeeze in between some trucks,” he said. Nobody was injured in the emergency landing and Windmiller’s Zivko Edge 540 sustained no further damage. “It’s always one of those things you prepare for,” he said, referring to his 17,000 hours of flying time. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Friday that they were (Continued on page A24)

Stunt pilot David Windmiller safely landed on Route 231 last week, but the Melville man’s performance at the Memorial Day air show could be in jeopardy.


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Paying Tribute To Visionaries Producer of Skolnick-Rothbard tribute to unveil ‘Elements’ music video Monday By Danny Schrafel

Melville filmmaker Stephen Taub will unveil a music video at the Cinema Arts Centre Monday about two of Huntington’s cultural giants. Taub will debut the music video for “Elements,” which celebrates the late Vic

Skolnick, the co-founder Cinema Arts Centre, and the late Michael Rothbard, co-founder of the Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), at 7 p.m. on May 13. The song – featuring lyrics by Taub, music and performance by past IMAC performer Cathy Kreger, bass by Bob Stander and percussion by Steve Finkelstein – was created as the musical sound-


PD: Dad Drove Drunk With Kids In Car

Kevin Bowie

State troopers arrested a Bay Shore man in Commack Sunday for allegedly driving drunk with his children in his car. Police said they noticed a black BMW on the Sagitkos State Parkway near the Long Island Expressway swerving and failing to stay in one lane. After he was pulled over, police said driver Kevin Bowie failed sobriety tests. Bowie, 40, also had two children in the car. He was charged with Aggravated DWI – a class E felony under Leandra’s Law, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child – a class A misdemeanor – and traffic violations. He was held for arraignment in First District Court. – KOEHLER

track for the in-production documentary “Impresarios and Visionaries,” about the lives of Rothbard and Skolnick and their contributions to the Huntington arts community. “The arts are a celebration of humanity at its best,” Taub said in an online announcement of the debut. “Music, community, nature, friends, accomplishment and the beauty of it all are shared in our A music video paying tribute to Michael Rothbard, left, music video.” and Vic Skolnick, right, will debut Monday night at the Skolnick’s son, Dylan, Cinema Arts Centre. and widow, Cinema Arts co-founder Charlotte Sky, and Roth- a year, with a recent four-month hiatus. “To move it forward, we had to digress bard’s longtime life partner Kathie Bodily, also an IMAC co-founder, are by making this music video, which made featured in the video. Rothbard died in it a project unto itself,” he said. As to the finished product, the filmNovember 2009, and Skolnick died in maker said he is excited to show it to the June 2010. Vic and Charlotte founded the Cinema Huntington community for the first time. Arts Centre in 1973, and the center has A Q&A session with Taub follows the blossomed to become Long Island’s only music video debut. “We do a real nice job of honoring nonprofit community theatre that today has 8,000 members and serves more than Michael and Vic as well as it being about Huntington, about nature, about the arts,” 200,000 people each year. A year later in 1974, Rothbard and he said. “It’s very different – it’s not your Bodily opened IMAC in Huntington vil- typical music video.” “Elements” is available for purchase lage, a cultural hub where artists of all on iTunes. For more information about mediums could present their work. The film about the two trailblazers, the film and the music video, visit Taub said, has been in the works for about

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Declining Enrollment Prompts Building Study Hills district seeks volunteers for committee to examine likelihood of closures Graph by Office of School Planning and Research of Western Suffolk BOCES

By Jacqueline Birzon

A trend of declining enrollment at the kindergarten and elementary school levels in the Half Hollow Hills Central School District has prompted the formation of a steering committee to provide input on future building use. Board of Education President James Ptucha said it is likely there will be at least one building closure next year, and the purpose of the planning committee is to help the district prepare for that reality. “The main goal will be to offer suggestions to the board of education in terms of management in moving forward,” Ptucha said. “Pretty much we’re telling people, there will be at least one school closing announced next year, and we hope to make that announcement as early as possible for folks to prepare, whether it’s multiple school closures, or a K through 6 elementary model, etc.” The facilities study group will comprise of one representative from each of the district’s 11 school buildings; an administrator; a teacher; a representative from transportation, from buildings and grounds, and from the Parent Teacher Association; a member of the business community; a local educator; a special education parent representative; an attendance officer; and a resident from the cities of Melville, Dix Hills, Wheatley Heights, Farmingdale, Deer Park, East Northport and Huntington. The district has hired a facilitator, a retired educator who has launched his own consulting firm, to guide the work of the committee. Ptucha said the board decided the committee was necessary roughly two months ago after deciding against closing one of the district’s seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools; and instead making cuts in other areas, such as consolidating the middle school day from nine periods to eight periods and closing the Discovery Center. The district was forced to make $8.4 million in budget cuts for the 2013-2014 academic year. According to Anne Marie MarroneCaliendo, the steering committee/facilities

Using data from the New York State Education Department, this chart shows an overall decline in enrollment at all grade levels in Suffolk County public schools, with K-5 showing the greatest loss in numbers, declining by 2.4 percent from October 2013 to 2014. planning study group will look at projected enrollment, along with current facility use, to identify how the district can most efficiently plan for the future. “[The committee will be] Looking at data and analyzing scenarios, and historical trends, [guiding us to] potentially combine buildings, and [consider] how we can redistrict space we have within our boundaries,” Marrone-Caliendo said. “There are no presuppositions of our goal other than to make sure scenarios presented to the board are well thought out and fact-based.” The district has hired Applied Data Services, a Flanders, N.J.-based educational consulting firm, to conduct a demographic and redistricting study of the Half Hollow Hills School District. She said the nearly $20,000 project will be funded through the district’s general fund budget; the demographic study and redistricting study will be

capped at $4,800 and $15,000, respectively. “The driver would be on student enrollment, so it would make sense that the closure of a school building [would] create efficiencies in terms of our facility usage,” she said. Marrone-Caliendo said the district could save $1 million by closing an elementary school, $2 million by closing a middle school, and, based on one scenario, around $5 million from closing a high school. Concerns over declining enrollment have begun to materialize at the kindergarten and elementary grade levels within the Half Hollow Hills School District. Since 2001, in-district enrollment has seen an overall growth, increasing from 8,717 students in 2001-2002 to 9,437 students in 2012-2013. Since 2006-2007, however; enrollment at the kindergarten level has declined significantly, falling from 680

students in 2006-2007 to 479 students today, a decrease of almost 30 percent. Grades 1-5 have also seen a sharp decrease in enrollment since 2006-2007, with numbers falling from 4,093 to 3,164 today, a 23-percent decline. The trend is not isolated to the Half Hollow Hills district but rather, is an issue Island-wide. Public school enrollment on Long Island has declined by 4.2 percent since 2005, and by 4.8 percent in Suffolk County, according to Western Suffolk BOCES Annual Bi-County Nassau/Suffolk Public School Enrollment Report, published in March 2012. Projections suggest an added 3.4-percent overall decline in the next three years. Elementary enrollment (grades K-5) has (Continued on page A24)


Hills Faculty Want Board Of Ed Seats In Other District By Jacqueline Birzon

Half Hollow Hills High School West principal of two years Wayne Ebanks is seeking election to the Harborfields Central School District Board of Education. He is running against board incumbent and Hills West co-worker school counselor Joseph Toles, who was first elected to the board in 2005. Originally from Montigo Bay, Jamaica, Ebanks, 47, left Huntington for the Harborfields area 10 years ago. With two daughters currently enrolled at primary school, the principal said his decision to live in the district was motivated by the schools and the close-knit community atmosphere it would provide for his family. Before becoming principal of Hills West, Ebanks worked at three different schools in the Huntington district, ex-

Wayne Ebanks

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cessed each time due to budget constraints. He served as assistant principal in Half Hollow Hills for 10 years before accepting a promotion to principal position two years ago. Ebanks said his role as a parent, educator and taxpayer gives him a well-balanced perspective when planning a budget and making decisions that affect the

community at large. After experiencing an arduous budget process in the Dix Hills school district this year, Ebanks has learned the importance of ensuring programming. “I want to be fiscally responsible, and make sure our children are able to have the resources they need to succeed,” he said. “I know how to work in a difficult situation…and working with a budget knowing we need to make difficult cuts, the big thing is making sure you don’t impact the programs.” Incumbent Toles, 54, is seeking reelection for a third term on the board of education. Prior to becoming a school counselor at Hills West, Toles worked in the Harborfields district for six years until 2005. He said when he relocated professionally, he was not ready to end his role in helping the district. Toles said a pressing issue affecting all

schools is the regionalization of high schools. He said that for high-performing schools, like Harborfields, part of the goal with the tax cap goal is to force schools to combine. Should that happen, he said, schools with students performing ahead of the curve will be hurt more than those that are not. “I understand from a real practical place what good, quality education is…Sometimes you have to make a decision about what needs to be cut and when everything is really important, Harborfields is so lean to begin with, and so efficient, it’s really hard to sometimes come to a conclusion, making a decision that’s going to take something away,” Toles said. Half Hollow Hills Athletic Director Joseph Pennacchio, who has served as a trustee on the Commack School Board of Education for a number of years, decided this year not to run for re-election.


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POLICE REPORT Compiled by Mike Koehler

Dreams Of Summer

Wiring Money Can Be Risky

Summer dreams… Every once in a while, I go

Automobile,” and the photo, taken by Robert Gniewek, is of a cozy little spot called Rosie’s Diner through my old columns to cure a nasty case of (is it obvious why I love it now?). Parked in front of writer’s block. It’s always good to reflect – especially it are few beautiful classic when the deadline nears and cars, with the tops down of the boss is getting an itchy IN THE KNOW course! This photo makes eyeball looking at the clock. I WITH AUNT ROSIE me want to throw on my came across an entry from roller skates or drink a milkJanuary 2002, part of my “Ways You Know You’ve shake – neither of which Lived In Huntington For A Long Time” list. No. 33 would be a good idea for me at my age. You have hit me above all – “you were in Huntington Station until Aug. 11 to fall in love, too. when it had a village.” I remember it. I long for those days. And it’s very timely, because after you Essential or evil? Facebook is a popular topic of read this, Renaissance Downtowns will have preconversation these days, as well a primary conduit sented their strategy to bring Huntington Station of communication. Friends post all sorts of things, back – to have a village again. It’ll never be exactly families share baby pictures, and businesses of all same again, and it shouldn’t be – it’s 40 years later sizes offer special deals to those who “mention their and things should change some – but I’d just love to Facebook ad.” Even we have a bit of a Facebook have a vibrant, exciting, downtown in the heart of presence for our Northport Record publication. 11746 to call our own again and take a stroll Now, I don’t have a personal Facebook, but there’s through some summer night. Let’s hope they pull it no shortage of you that do, and I hear all kinds of off this time. feedback. Some people absolutely thrive on it and Drivers’ education...With the weather (finally!) find it maintains communication with distant relatives, long-lost friends and others, in cases that warming up, I’ve noticed a great deal of doers out phones may not help. I have also heard some of you enjoying the sunshine. People are trading in ski gripe about the garbage others post and how much racks for bicycle racks, winter boots for sneakers, time Facebook wastes. What do you think? Email and taking in the sights our lovely north shore town me or drop me a line! has to offer. It is important to note, however, one’s responsibility for keeping the roads safe for both Happy Mother’s Day… To all the mothers out drivers and doers. I can’t even think of how many there, whether you’re a real mother, godmother or times I’ve gotten lost in my own thoughts while grandmother, a pseudo-mother, an office mother, a driving, or humming a tune to myself and all of a class mother, or something close to it, even an aunt, sudden, two bikers are within feet of my front for example (like me!), I wish you a happy Mother’s bumper (sometimes, amazingly, without a helmet Day. I hope you get to spend it with the ones you on)! I beg you to please be mindful of bikers, light love, and that the ones you love recognize you propjoggers and brisk walkers who come out during the erly, not only this Sunday, but every day, for all that warmer months, for the sake of everyone’s safety. you do! Photo favorite… One of the many reasons I love (Aunt Rosie wants to hear from you! If you have Huntington is that we have our own art museum. comments, ideas, or tips about what’s happening in The Heckscher is such a gem. If you’ve never been your neck of the woods, write to me today and let me there, it’s something to see. The lighting is just know the latest. To contact me, drop a line to Aunt right, and the art really is extraordinary. One of the Rosie, c/o The Long-Islander, 149 Main Street, Huntexhibits up right now has a photo I have fallen in ington NY 11743. Or try the e-mail at love with. The exhibit is “Car Culture, Art and the

Suffolk police were contacted about a grand larceny related to a scam on May 3. The complainant said she was contacted via email and text from an unknown person in an attempt to buy Avon products. When the sale went through, the complainant received a check for more than the agreed-upon price. She was directed to cash the check and wire the remainder back to the buyer in Oklahoma. After the complainant did both, the Huntington bank where she deposited the check informed her it was fake. No arrests have been made.

Isn’t The Gas More Valuable? A Huntington gas station employee called Suffolk County police after being robbed on May 3. The complainant said a man armed with a knife took money and fled on foot from the East Jericho Turnpike business.

...Or Just Lock The Door Suffolk police were dispatched to a Huntington home about a burglary on May 2. Police determined an unknown person entered through an unlocked door and took money.

What Prompted That? Suffolk police responded about possible harassment in Huntington Station on May 2. A man driving threatened to shoot the complainant and his family.

Driver Reports Windshield Damage Suffolk police were summoned to Huntington Station on May 1 about criminal mischief. The complainant said their windshield had been damaged.

Special Delivery A Dix Hills resident called Suffolk County police on May 1 to report criminal mischief. An unknown person damaged the complainant’s mailbox.



Suffolk police responded to Melville about aggravated harassment on May 1. The complainant said someone continuously calls them making inappropriate comments.

Money Pilfered From Car Suffolk police were dispatched to Halesite on April 30 after getting reports of a burglary. Police determined money was taken from a 2001 Hyundai Sonata.

Cops Called Over Shooting

“It’s art in the sky.” Ready, aim, fire! There was a lot to see at the Huntington Arsenal during the Sheep to Shawl Festival on Sunday.

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Severed Animal Heads Found By Elwood Road By Mike Koehler

The severed heads of two animals were discovered late April 29 in an East Northport neighborhood with a history of similar incidents. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross confirmed the heads were discovered near Elwood and Warner Roads in a clear plastic bag by a nearby employee. He called Gross using a number the chief provided when other animal heads were discovered in 2012. “We find it quite disturbing,” Gross said. Last time, he said, they found multiple heads in black plastic garbage bags further set back from the road. This time, the heads were found in a clear bag closer to the road. The complainant said there may have been a third instance in recent years. “It seems like it’s getting closer and closer to the road. Now they’re in clear garbage bags, like they wanted it to be found,” Gross said. “It’s odd if you

wanted to hide it.” The animal parts found on Monday may have been goats or sheep; no horns were found. The animals found last year did have horns. In this case, the heads were cleanly severed and skinned. The eyes, however, were intact. “Anybody could have been walking by. For a child to see that certainly is not pleasant in the least,” Gross said. He added that the animals were probably not killed very long ago, but exactly when and how death occurred is still a mystery. He also could not say if the two animals were killed in a non-humane manner, which is illegal. A criminal investigation is a possibility at this point. “Is it possible it’s animal sacrifice? Yes. Is it possible someone used it for food? It’s possible. But why leave it there in a clear plastic bag so close to the road?” Gross said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk SPCA at 631-382-7722.


‘Stamping Out’ Hunger Postal carriers hope to pick up more than just your outgoing mail this Saturday. The U.S. Postal Service, will hold the annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive event to aid the hungry and homeless on Long Island. Residents can leave a bag of non-perishable food donations at their mailbox on May 11, and their mail carriers will pick it up. District Manager Lorraine Castellano for the Long Island Postal Service is proud of the mail carriers who do double duty on what postal officials said is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. “The National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive reminds Long Islanders of the urgency in collecting emergency food for adults and children that go to bed hungry,” she said. Donations needed are non-perishable

food items like canned fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, and soup, juice, pasta, cereal and rice. Island Harvest will collect and redistribute all donated food items to emergency food programs throughout Long Island that provide assistance to adults and children who are struggling to put food on the table. The Island Harvest Food Bank receives the donated food for redistribution to food banks, pantries and other organizations helping feed children and adults. In 2012, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the ninth consecutive year. To learn more about the NALC Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit The website for Island Harvest Food Bank is



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Dem Highway Super Race Nip-And-Tuck McKay and Orelli jockey for position, but don’t count Naughton out, insiders say By Danny Schrafel

The race to become the Democratic nominee for Huntington’s superintendent of highways is too close to call and won’t be decided until their May 23 nominating convention, party insiders said. The party’s Screening Committee, which was expected to recommend on Tuesday a nominee to join Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson on the Huntington Town Board ticket, is not expected to do the same for the superintendent of highways race. Insiders say delegates will make the decision on the floor at the party’s nominating convention without a Screening Committee recommendation. “We’ll talk about the candidates, assess whatever we want to assess and hopefully come up with some conclusions. Sometimes we don’t,” said party chair Mary Collins. Three men – Dix Hills’ Don McKay, the current director of Parks and Recreation for the town; longtime Huntington contractor Kevin Orelli; and incumbent William Naughton, who was elected first in 1987 – are seeking the nomination.

Don McKay, Kevin Orelli and incumbent William Naughton are fighting for support to become the Democratic nominee for Superintendent of Highways. Ahead of the May 23 convention in Halesite, McKay said he has been hard at work knocking on doors to build secure support on the Democratic committee. “To date, it’s been a tremendous response. I’ve very happy with where I sit right now,” McKay said. Orelli said that he’s been doing the same and feels like he too is well positioned to win. “Right now, I feel like I’m in a good spot. I don’t know for sure, but I think I’m on my way,” he said.

But party insiders stress not to count Naughton out. While he might be unpopular with many Democrats as a result of his feuds with the Democratic majority at Huntington Town Hall and the lawsuits he has filed over hiring practices, he still holds plenty of sway. Naughton is still actively pursuing the nomination, sending a pitch letter to committee members as recently as last week. He also has the benefit of a core of dedicated volunteers to collect the signatures he needs to get on the Democratic ballot, and a big war chest – near-

ly $150,000 as of his January filing, and more on the way following a springtime fundraiser – to bankroll a primary battle. He has also screened with the Huntington Republican Committee earlier this year, which endorsed him when he ran unopposed in 2009. However, the Conservative line is not available to him in 2013, as the party has endorsed retired FDNY officer Peter Gunther for the spot. As the nomination battle winds down, McKay and Orelli said they are not overly concerned about a Naughton primary. McKay said grassroots campaigning will be key to winning any primary challenge and a general election in November, one he calls critical for Democrats. “Money’s not going to win this race,” McKay said. “People overwhelmingly believe there is a need for change in the Highway Department.” If Orelli wins the nomination, he expects to be able to quickly mobilize and raise the money he needs to defeat Naughton. That said, Orelli stressed his main competitor right now is McKay, and that he is taking the race one step at a time. “I can’t worry about what’s coming down the road until I get past what’s in front of me right now,” he said.


Conservatives To Screen Cook on Monday By Danny Schrafel

Councilman Gene Cook will screen for the Huntington Conservative Committee’s nomination for supervisor on Monday, Chairman Frank Tinari confirmed. Tinari said last week that he had secured space at the Halesite VFW post for May 13 to hold the screening. The Conservatives previously screened Republican Supervisor candidates Ed Smyth, a Huntington attorney, and Huntington Bay Mayor Herb Morrow. Cook, a member of the Independence Party, shook up the race for Huntington supervisor when he screened with the Huntington Republican Committee April 25 and emerged with widespread support for a run for the town’s top office. Democratic incumbent Supervisor Frank

Petrone, who has held the seat for nearly 20 years, has announced his re-election bid in late January. For town board, the Conservative party has screened eight candidates. The list includes incumbent Republican Councilman Mark Mayoka, former State Supreme Court judge Robert Lifson, Eaton’s Neck attorney Peter Dennin, Melville community activist Alissa Sue Taff, Commack attorney Josh Price and Huntington’s Vivienne Wong. The party also screened Lloyd Harbor village justice Mike Brown, who later withdrew his name from consideration. Meanwhile, Tinari said their pick for superintendent of highways, retired FDNY officer Peter Gunther, of Centerport, is already hard at work. “Peter Gunther is getting his committee together, raising money and getting his campaign together. He’s running,” Tinari said.

Councilman and Independence Party member Gene Cook (left) is also seeking the Conservative line in a run for Supervisor against Democrat Frank Petrone (right).


LIPA: Customers Won’t Be In The Dark Utility pledges not to use new Smart Meters to shut off electricity to customers By Mike Koehler

LIPA officials insist new meters being installed in parts of Melville that provide the utility with more information and control over customers’ electricity consumption will not be used to turn service on or off. “We don’t have any plans to curtail electricity for customers at this time. If it ever came to that, we would ask permission,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said. LIPA began installing Smart Meters along the Route 110 corridor within

the Towns of Babylon and Huntington as a pilot program last year. By the time the project reaches its September 2013 completion date, 1,488 residential meters and 785 commercial meters are expected to have been installed. Flagler confirmed that includes 539 in Melville. The goal of the program, Flagler said, is to provide more accurate and timely information to both customers and LIPA. The new meters can report usage in 15-minute intervals. Utility officials hope this helps customers understand their usage patterns and take steps to re-

duce electric consumption. For LIPA, Smart Meters include twoway communication to alert the utility to outages and allow for automatic meter readings. Customers are not required to switch from old meters, which require a human being to check usage. “We are only piloting smart meters and learning how smart meters can benefit customers. Our installations are not mandatory but they are a tremendous improvement over old meters,” Flagler said. For the time being, LIPA officials said Smart Meters will be limited to the

Smart Energy Corridor – an area around Route 110 with these new meters and other updated equipment designed to improve service and reliability. The Corridor project was funded by the Department of Energy with matching from funds from the State University of New York Research Foundation and LIPA. While the utility develops distribution automation, the project calls for Farmingdale State College to demonstrate how a smart grid supports renewable energy and Stony Brook University researches load modeling and cyber-security.

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‘Pieces Greater Than The Whole’ Success at chambers of commerce networking event inspires plans for fall sequel By Mike Koehler

Chambers of commerce within the Town of Huntington are typically selfsufficient, supporting their own community and possibly working in unison with other local groups. But members of three area chambers gathered in Northport last week to network and share ideas. More than 70 people connected to the Northport, East Northport and Huntington Township Chambers of Commerce filled Nocello’s Restaurant on May 1. “It was nice for all of us to get together and brainstorm some things for businesses,” Northport President Debi Triola said. About 50 businesses, primarily from the two eastern chambers set up shop in the Italian restaurant. They advertised their services and products, answered questions and offered raffles. “The goal was to get the businesses in the area an opportunity to get to know each other and show what they offer,” East Northport Executive Director Sharon Moulton said. Moulton said East Northport has been hosting inter-chamber networking events like this for the better part of a decade. Chambers from Northport, Huntington and Kings Park were invited last week, although Kings Park did not attend.

Chamber members from across the town mingle at Nocello’s last week. Huntington Chairman Bob Bontempi said many of the events organized by his organization, larger than either Northport or East Northport, tend to be very structured. Bontempi said he enjoyed the boutique feel and opportunity to mingle

with vendors. “I found an old friend who was an electrician who I’m going to use in my house. It was a good format,” he said. Triola enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Bontempi and others from the

Huntington chamber, as well as Northport Trustee Tom Kehoe and others in attendance. This was the first time the Huntington Chamber was invited, Moulton said. It was also the event’s best turnout in its seven years. “We try to at least once a year invite the Northport Chamber to this event. Our communities are so close and there are some members of the East Northport Chamber who are members of the Northport Chamber. It makes sense through the ‘Buy Locally’ campaign,” the director said. The Huntington Chamber of Commerce kicked off its “Buy Local” campaign four years ago, which spread across the Town of Huntington and Long Island. Bontempi said the campaign offers different neighborhoods a chance to showcase themselves. “I think we all have different reach and values that collectively are worth more together than individually. Huntington probably has a bigger footprint,” he said. “The pieces are greater than the whole.” Meanwhile, Triola confirmed the Northport Chamber of Commerce is looking to host their networking event. It will likely be scheduled for this fall and involve multiple chambers of commerce, including Melville. “We might have to look for a bigger venue,” Triola said, referencing the packed house at Nocello’s.


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Thinking It Forward Two Huntington-area schools are taking ini- workers. tiatives that could help Long Island become Starting a program for sixth graders is not more competitive in science, technology, engi- likely to change that anytime soon, but for neering and mathematics (STEM). Long Island to achieve any sort of stability as a South Huntington School District last week region, it’s going to have to change eventually. cut the ribbon at their STEM Career Academy Focusing on STEM education is just one of that will immerse sixth graders in a rigorous many recommendations of policy gurus who STEM curriculum. Nearby, the Huntington focus on regional issues. They’re the same school district is seeking a grant to re-open a bunch that warn us that unless we figure out shuttered elementary school in Huntington Sta- how to provide decent housing that young protion as a STEM school, possibly as soon as fessionals can afford, we will continue to lose September. They are among many members of the next generation school districts that are stepping up to- EDITORIAL to more affordable regions of the day for Long Island’s future. country. After South Huntington’s event, the CEO of Reversing the “brain drain” is critical to Long one locally based engineering firm noted that Island’s future, and it will take forward-thinkit’s a rare event when his firm is able to hire ing actions by more than the educational comlocal talent. More often than not the firm has munity to turn the tide. It is, however, a battle to look beyond Long Island to find qualified that can be won.

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A Plea For History DEAR EDITOR: The Lower Half Hollow Schoolhouse served as a school from 1895-1931. It is one of a very small number of one room schoolhouses left in our area and it remains as one of only two Half Hollow Hills oneroom schoolhouses that are still in existence today. The schoolhouse is located at 5 Seaman Neck Road, sitting quietly next to the Paumanok Elementary School. On Tuesday, May 7 at 2 p.m., the Town of Huntington Town Board [held] a public hearing to discuss the purchase of this of this beloved building. The purchase would be done by Huntington’s Environmental Open Space Committee. Please, to everyone interested in saving a part of our local history, please show your support. As a sixth generation Half Hollow resident, I feel that too often we miss a special opportunity

like this to save a piece of our history. JACKIE BENSON MCGRATH Vice President Half Hollow Historical Association

Real Estate Tax Payment Deadline Approaching DEAR EDITOR: [As Huntington’s receiver of taxes, I] would like to remind all taxpayers that all 20122013 real estate taxes are due by May 31, 2013. Payments made after that date must be made to the county treasurer and must include interest and penalty. Senior citizens currently receiving a senior exemption pursuant to § 467 of the real estate property tax law (income less than $37,400.00) and senior citizens currently receiving enhances star, each related to their principal residence only have until June 5, 2013 to pay their second half tax.

All new owners of property who are not paying their taxes through their mortgage payment and those who have recently satisfied or refinanced a mortgage should call the tax office at 631-351-3217 if they do not have a bill for payment. Tax bills are issued in December each year. If you have lost or misplaced your bill, please contact the tax office. Penalties and interest cannot be waived because of non-receipt of a tax bill. In addition, mailing a tax payment does not guarantee receipt of the payment by the tax office, nor does it guarantee timely payment. Payments postmarked after May 31, 2013 will be forwarded to the county treasurer. The Huntington Tax Office hours are 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Payment hours during May are daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The office will be open for payment on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Please note the office

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Don’t Forget About Vets Info Day Editor’s note: The following was adapted from a press release. DEAR EDITOR: [As] chairman of the Veterans and Seniors Committee, [I am] advising Vietnam veterans that the Veterans Administration (VA) will be holding a day-long Information Day and Enrollment Event on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pavillion at the Northport VA Medical Center, 79 Middleville Road, Northport. In addition to information regarding benefits and assistance with enrollment, a special presentation on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be offered by Dr. Galak of the

PTSD program. Pre-registration is required. Please bring your DD-214 or separation papers. To register, please call (631) 261-4400, extensions 7234, 7239, 7084, 7082, 7166 or 5250. I encourage all eligible Vietnam veterans to take advantage of this Information Day and Enrollment Event. The brave men and women who served our country during the Vietnam era deserve not only our eternal gratitude, but also meaningful support services. STEVE STERN Suffolk Legislator 16 L.D.

Correction Regarding last week’s article about Rexer-Parkes and Nahla & Co., the two companies have not entered into a formal “partnership.” Rather, Nahla & Co., women’s shoes and accessories, has simply relocated from Cold Spring Harbor to space within Rexer-Parkes.

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Life&Style ART

She’s Still Painting After 97 Years Last week, Susan Lederer sat in her studio and proudly showed her family a work of art she had just finished. Using acrylics, she had painted a 4-inch by 6-inch landscape that she called “Dusk.” On that small canvas, she had captured a few final rays of sun that reflected off the water in a small stream on a rural countryside. “It is just a simple country scene. I liked the way the bit of sunset color reflected off of the sky and water,” she said. According to Lederer, she used five different shades of blue just to create the darkened sky. Lederer will celebrate her 98th birthday this summer. She has lived in Huntington since 1941, moving there from Queens following her childhood in Brooklyn. She attended P.S. 129 in Brooklyn where she had won a classical music award and developed skills as a pianist and a singer. But, moreover, Lederer still gravitated to the world of art. “In talks with my mother, she reminded me that, growing up, I was always drawing something,” Lederer said. After moving to Long Island, she began painting in earnest, creating a multitude of landscapes and still-lifes, using various media with diverse themes. Although basically self-taught, over the years, Lederer studied painting technique with some of Long Island’s more renowned artists and instructors. In 1954, she was a founding member of the Huntington Township Art League which is now known as the Art League of Long Island. She took art workshops with HTAL instructors and annually displayed her paintings at HTAL exhibits in which she has won awards in juried art shows. Also back in the 1950s, Lederer worked on set design for the Township Theatre Group of Huntington. During the World War II and into the 1950s when black and white photography was still prevalent, Lederer

worked as a professional photographic coloring artist. She also did freelance photo coloring work on Long Island, specializing in military personnel. One of her major clients was Republic Aviation. She took great pride in precisely coloring the ribbons on military medals and the markings on fighter jets. During the time that her two younger children attended Washington Elementary School in Huntington Station, Lederer designed covers for the school newsletter, the “Washington Profile.” Ceramic tiles and small ceramic sculptures were also a focus of Lederer’s as she traveled all over Long Island seeking just the right glaze and just the right kilns. Although she rarely has sold any of her art work, she does enjoy giving paintings as gifts, especially to family and to people she admires. “My paintings are like friends and family, and thoughts of parting with them spark pangs of remorse,” Lederer said. In her home, many of her favorite paintings are displayed over almost every spare inch of wall space. A landscape rendering that Lederer painted of the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport has hung in that parish’s rectory since she presented it to the late pastor Monsignor Joseph Colligan back in the 1990s. Former Congressman Robert Mrazek treasures a work Lederer had painted of the dock at his former home in Centerport. The artist presented a painting of Froehlich Farm to the late attorney Arthur Goldstein who spent many years litigating that controversial piece of property. “Over the years, living in such a beautiful area as Huntington was so inspirational and greatly influenced the subject matter that I chose to paint,” Lederer said, seated next to one of her paintings which depicted an isolated tree in Heckscher Park.

Susan Lederer, pictured in her home, has pursued her love of art for nearly a century. She turns 98 this summer. Through all of the art projects and 20 years as the Huntington School District 3 switchboard operator, Lederer still found time to raise three children, Ken (wife Yola) who lives in Brentwood, Tom (wife Jeanne) who lives in Hauppauge, and Nancy (husband Michael Sargent) who lives in Madison, N.J. Jack Lederer, her husband of 65 years, died in 1999. Susan Lederer continues to enjoy her life as an alert, independent, and ambitious homemaker. She uses Google to find newly published books or old recipes, and uses Microsoft Outlook to stay in touch with family and friends. As she edges ever so closely to the special century mark, she considers age to be just a number, and her future plans include painting with no end in sight.


Sheep To Shawl At Huntington Historical Photo by Ross McTyre

By George Wallace

It was sheep-shearing time down at the Huntington Historical Society's Daniel W. Kissam House Museum last weekend, the 29th event of its kind, and an opportunity for people to witness haircuts being administered to “man's woolliest friends.” It all took place Sunday, with real sheep being sheared by traditional sheep shearers. A number of woolly sheep were shorn with old-style shears, and skilled craftspeople demonstrated what it takes to turn sheep fuzz into fabrics and more. Musicians from the Long Island Traditional Music Association gave a festive air to events. There were plenty of “sheepish games,” and hands-on art activities for the kids, refreshments and souvenirs, tours of the 1795 Kissam house, and even a llama or two. But the star attraction was sheep – the day was, after all, dedicated to them. For early Americans, explains the historical society, shearing a sheep was hard work. Sheep could weigh anywhere from 150-300 pounds, and a colonist who was shearing the sheep would have to wrestle the animal to the ground and then hold it still while he cut off the fleece with a

History lovers and families learn how sheep wool is spun into fabric at the Huntington Historical Society’s Sheep to Shawl Festival on Sunday. hand shearer, a simple tool that resembled a modern grass clipper. The fleece needed to be cut close to the skin and the

shearer had to work downward and outward so he could see where he was cutting next, thus ensuring that the fibers

would be long enough for spinning into wool. Here are a few tidbits of information and insight into sheep, for those of you who are not in the habit of engaging in this sort of enterprise: Traditionally, local sheep are a standard mixture, part Suffolk, part Devon, a breed geared toward meat production as opposed to fiber. According to sheep specialists, most of the sheep on Long Island today are “shortstapled,” a term related to the length of their fiber. Long Island sheep’s wool typically grows to some three inches at best – whereas for sheep bred for wool production, their staple grows longer and faster. The Suffolk/Dorset mix, it seems, only has to be shorn once a year, while top wool-producing varieties may be shorn every eight months. Not that wool production is so straightforward a proposition. If you suddenly feel the urge to go out and buy a sheep so that you can make your own sweater, you'll have a lot to consider. There's the pasturage, feeding, and care of the animals. And then there are the neighbors to consider. Perhaps it is as well, then, that organizations like the Huntington Historical Society, and others who put on events like these, make it easy on us. For busy Long Islanders, it’s easier to drop by a Sheep to Shawl Festival than to “grow your own.”


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CAMP&EDUCATION Local Camps Offer Variety Of Experiences a.m.-12:30 p.m., or parents can choose an extended day ending at 2:30 p.m. The camp, running from July 8- Aug. 2, offers songs, games, sports, water play and arts and crafts. For more information, contact 631-462-5216.

By Nicole Brems

With the school year winding down, it’s time to look for summer camps for the kids. What is your child interested in? Sports, camping or academics? There is something for every summer camper in the Huntington area.


Starflower Experiences The environmental learning program teaches children in grades 2-5 how to explore nature and care for the planet. The camp runs varied sessions for the different age groups between June 24 and July 26. The price depends on the age group and begins at $175. For more information contact 516-938-6152.


Camp Seahawk The Town of Huntington is running a day camp in cooperation with Cold Spring Harbor School District for students entering grades 1-7 in September. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, dances and computers. The camp offers three sessions: June 24-July 5, July 8-19 and July 22-Aug. 5. The cost is $254 per session with a recreation ID or $350 without the ID. For more information call 631351-3000.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium The fish hatchery offers a variety of short summer day programs for students entering grades K-8 in September and also offers single-day programs for students up to 12th grade. The children are separated into groups by their age for the different programs, the session dates vary by the age group. The prices start at $20 per day and increase to $125/week for grades 6-8. For more information call 516-692-6768. DIX HILLS

Art League of Long Island Is your child interested in art? The Art League of Long Island is offering summer art instruction for students age 5-17. The sessions, separated by age group, are July 8-Aug. 8 (ages 5-12), July 8-Aug. 2 (ages 12-14) and July 8- Aug. 15 (ages 14-17). The camp, which starts at $150 for members, is offering the camp at two locations, Elwood Middle School in Elwood and the Art League Center in Dix Hills. For more information please contact 631-462-5400 ext 222.


Gold Star Camp The environmentally focused camp is offered by the Town of Huntington in three sessions, July 1-12, July 15-26 and July 29Aug. 9. The camp is $237 per session with a recreation ID or $330 without the ID. For more information call 631-351-3000.

Summers at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery focus on the environment.

Park Shore Country Day Camp The camp offers four-, six-, eight- or nine-week programs for students age 2-14. Park Shore offers a variety of programs and activities including sports, rock climbing, performing arts and nature trails. The camp is in session from June 28- Aug. 23. For more information, call 631-499-8580.

Dix Hills Adventure Camp The Town of Huntington offers a full-day camp program at Dix Hills Park for grades 1-8. Activities include Red Cross swim instruction, ice-skating, arts and crafts and sports. Four sessions include June 24-July 5, July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-16. The camp costs $412 per session with a recreation ID or $541 without an ID. The deadline is sign up is May 31. For more information call 631-462-5883.

St. Luke Summer Program

Destination Science Is your child interested in science? The science camp will explore different themes each week including Astronaut Adventure, the Ultimate Survival Zone and Wacky Mega-Bot Tech. The programs run through the month of August. Prices start at $364 depending on the program. For more information call 1-888-909-2822.

Playground Program The Playground Program, offered by the Town of Huntington, welcomes children entering grades 1-7 in September to play sports, games and participate in arts and crafts. The camp, which runs July 1August 9th, costs $205 with a recreation ID or $265 without. Registration begins May 23rd and ends June 21st. For more information call 631-351-3000.

Huntington YMCA

St. Luke’s offers a summer program for children ages 2½ through second grade. The two- or four-week program runs from 9:30

The YMCA offers a variety of summer camp programs in three sessions, June 24July 12, July 15-Aug. 2 and Aug. 5-23.

For more information call 631-421-4242. NORTHPORT

Engeman’s Musical Theater Summer Camp Children ages 7-17 can enroll in the John W. Engeman Theater’s Studio for the Performing Arts’ Musical Theater Summer Camp. Go full-time ($975), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., or parttime ($675), Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Session I, from June 24-July 12, culminates in “The Wizard of Oz.” Session II is sold out. Session III, from Aug. 5-23, ends with a production of “Fame.” Call 631-261-2900 or visit

Northport-East Northport Community Theater Is your child interested in theater? The program is open to children entering grades 2-12 in September and gives them the chance to learn how to act, sing and dance along with lighting and sound, costume and art projects. The program, which runs July 8-August 9, costs $470-$930. For more information call 631-896-5970. WHEATLEY HEIGHTS

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned Long Island summer arts day camp, will hold its final, free Open House for its 46th season on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 200acre woodland campus, at 185 Colonial Springs Road in Wheatley Heights. Usdan continues to add new programs. Most programs at Usdan Center – more than 40 in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creative writing, nature and ecology and chess – are open to all students within various age groups with no audition needed. Visit or call 631-643-7900.

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Summer Program Is A Blast To The Past By By Melissa Holzberg

The Huntington Historical Society offers kids the opportunity to step back in time for two weeks each summer with their Passport to the Past summer program. The Passport to the Past program is an alternative hands-on experience that kids of all ages can be a part of. For two weeks, they are able to live like they’re in colonial Huntington. The camp, located at the historical Kissam house, allows a direct route from 21st century America, to a time when things were much simpler. “It’s a great, hand-on atmosphere that supplies kids with a non-competitive camp experience. [Children] are able to weave pillows and pocketbooks on looms, process wool, make candles, and so much more,” camp director Wendy Anderson said. At 20 children per session at three sessions per summer, each child gets a personal history adventure while having fun. One little boy, Timmy Kusterbeck, couldn’t have had a better experience and is counting down the days to his session in summer 2013. “He was so thrilled to go every day. It’s such a different atmosphere. [The camp]

really is so unique and I don’t know of any place that does anything like this. I really can’t say enough good things,” Timmy’s mom, Stacy Kusterbeck, said. Every year new activities are added to the itinerary. This summer, campers can look forward to baking homemade pies in a beehive oven. By stepping back into the past, the future generation has the opportunity to value what they have now, and what will come in the future, parents said. “When children understand history, they understand more about day-to-day life. [Passport to the Past] is such a well-rounded experience, it’s amazing how hands on everything is,” said camper Nicole Gardener’s mother, Kerin Gardener. Campers that continue to come back year after year, tend to go on to counselor-in-training programs, and then become teen counselors who get to share their love of the camp with the younger campers. “[Timmy] just can’t wait to be a counselor,” Kusterbeck said. Gardener quickly echoed that statement. “[Nicole] would love to be a counselor one day. She really loves it,” Gardener said. More information on Passport to the

Kids can turn back the clock at the Huntington Historical Society’s Passport to the Past camp. Past and enrollment opportunities can be found at www.huntingtonhistoricalsoci- or call the Historical Society’s office at 631-427-7045.

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CAMP&EDUCATION Help Kids Have Gadget-Free Fun this Summer You may remember your parents telling you to turn off the television and go outside or read a book. But these days, it’s harder than ever to separate kids from media devices, especially as their options become more mobile. But parents can help their children spend their time differently, in ways that not only increase personal interaction, but help keep minds fresh during the long summer vacation. “If you make it a game - particularly one you’re playing with them - kids will be more than happy to turn away from those screens. And if they’re learning something along the way, all the better,” says Susan Bolotin at Brain Quest, maker of educational quiz games for kids.

them occupied. Engage your children with on-the-go games that are both fun and educational. For example, Brain Quest question and answer decks are easy to pack in a small bag and offer age-appropriate, curriculumbased challenges on themes like presidents and American history. The interactive question and answer sessions are sure to keep everyone entertained. More information along with free downloadable projects and resources can be found at

Visit the Library Each week, make a point of visiting the library with your children to get them a new stash of books to read throughout the week. You can motivate them to dig right in by posting a chart somewhere handy like the fridge, tracking the books they have enjoyed so far.

Arts and Crafts Arts and crafts not only offer children an opportunity to use their creativity to make something useful, beautiful or both, but can also help hone hand-eye coordination. At home, you can opt for involved projects like bird feeders, necklaces and watercolors. On the go, bring along crayons and construction paper so kids can draw whenever the artistic spirit moves them. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out project books and kits like Recycled Robots and My First Bird Feeder and Bird Book.

Play a Game Whether you’re at home, on a road trip, or running errands, there’s no need to stick a gadget in your kids’ hands to keep

Cook Don’t make cooking a boring chore. Get your kids off the couch and into the kitchen. By preparing meals together, you

There are many opportunities to keep kids active and engaged this summer without the gadgets will give your children an opportunity to learn about nutrition and help them develop a practical skill. And there are tasks in the kitchen that are just right for any age. Outdoor Fun Help your kids organize outdoor games with other neighborhood children or get

outside and play alongside them. Nature walks exploring local parks and streams can also be a great way to get the entire family to have fun while learning about the great outdoors. School may be out, but learning is in. In honor of summer, make it fun.

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Making Noise At Festival Photo by Ross McTyre

It was a day of music, laughter, face-painting, art, smiles and of course, tulips, at the town’s annual Tulip Festival on Sunday in Heckscher Park. The day included live performances as families and photographers tiptoed through the tulips.

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Wild Rocket Fires Its Engines

While the name is rooted in France – locals there are known to call arugula “rocket” – Wild Rocket’s signature dish hails directly from Brazil. The upscale sandwich shop is the latest location opened by Reststar Hospitality Group. Three of their nine restaurants – Bin 56, Café Buenos Aires and Bistro Cassis – are in Huntington village. Open for about a month on New York Avenue, Reststar’s Wild Rocket Kitchen’s most unique offering is the Brazilian cheesebread, called a baked confection of yuca flour and cheese. It’s not only unique to the area, but also gluten-free. And without the gluten, their cheesebread successfully manages to maintain a bready mouthfeel while adding subtle Parmesan to the mix. Wild Rocket uses the small cheesebreads on their slider menu to create small, but deceptively filling, sandwiches, each selling for $5. We had the simple Porkito, piled high with tender pulled pork, dressed in mild barbecue sauce and crowned with crisp slaw. Porkito is one of six cheesebread sliders, and others feature smoked chicken, short rib, turkey and pancetta as the key ingredients. For vegetarians, there’s one stuffed with hummus, roasted pepper, eggplant and spinach. Reststar partners and brothers Jason and Eric Machado are at the helm of Wild Rocket, which aims to offer a healthier take on the local sandwich shop and a more high-end, yet speedy, dining

The Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich brings a summery citrus tang to your tastebuds. experience that gives vegan, vegetarian and gluten-intolerant diners plenty of options. They crafted the menu with consultation from award-winning Huntington chef Marc Anthony Bynum. In addition to the unique cheesebreads, the menu largely focuses on signature sandwiches, premium salads, freshpressed juices and smoothies. All of the

juices are slow-pressed to retain the nutrients, and the Wild Rocket crew is juicing all day to keep up with demand, Jason said. Smoothies, like the Peachfuzz ($6), a medley of peach, strawberries and pineapple juice, eschew extra sugar in favor of letting the fruit do the talking. There were also three soups of the day during our visit ($5 for a bowl). Turkey Spinach Noodle evoked the classic Italian wedding soup and Minestrone boasted an inviting basil aroma, but the biggest winner was the Butternut Squash Apple soup, with the classic flavor and texture enhanced by sweet, cinnamonspicy apple. As summer approaches, look for new features, like a grilled cheese menu and more fruits being incorporated into the menu, Jason said. But one sandwich – the Bahn Mi ($9) will get you in a summery mood right now. With a slow-burn, citrus spice that sneaks up on you thanks to a tangy Ponzu sauce, the sandwich brings a Vietnamese staple to Huntington, pairing sliced chicken, daikon (white radish), Julienne veggies, and pate spread on a baguette.



Foodie photos/Danny Schrafel

By Danny & The Foodies

A Wild Rocket staffer puts the final touches on a Porkito, served on gluten-free Brazilian cheesebread.

Wild Rocket 376 New York Ave., Huntington village 631-923-0919 Atmosphere: Neighborhood sandwich shop Cuisine: Healthy sandwiches, soups, salads and treats Price: Moderate Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily



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Where Diet Meets Delicious As stated in the New England Journal of Medicine, the

Checkers burgers are back on the menu after the chain’s grand re-opening on April 27. Above, Councilwoman Susan Berland helps cut the ribbon.

Mediterranean approach to diet is the way to go. Join us at Neraki where this way of preparing fresh fish, produce and meats is our way of life.



631-385-FISH (3474)

WELCOME BACK: The checkered flag was waved on April 27 to kick off the grand re-opening of the Checkers at 1680 New York Ave. in Huntington Station. Local officials joined franchisee Paramijt Josan, his staff and Checkers’ franchise business consultant Tom Plantulli in cutting the ribbon to mark the reopening before a crowd of hungry residents, many of whom had lined up to be among the lucky 100 who received a year’s worth of free combo meals. GLUTEN-FREE DINING: Having celiac doesn’t

mean you can’t be a Foodie, and Black &

Blue Seafood Chophouse (65 Wall St., Huntington 631-385-9255, has our gluten-intolerant friends in mind. Starters include Crispy Thai Style Calamari ($11), PEI mussels ($12), Old-Fashioned Sliders ($13), and Filet and Gorgonzola Fondue (for two, $20; four, $38; six, $56). There are also plenty of soups and salads, as well as a raw bar. In addition to steaks, entrees include CornflakeCrusted Frenched Chicken ($23) with mustard risotto, shaved fennel, roasted peppers and arugula; and pan-roasted Chilean Sea Bass ($30) with shrimp cous cous and spinach in a tomato broth. BIRDS & BREWS: Happy hour at Sapsuckers

(287 Main St., Huntington) starts early and takes on a new meaning on May 10 from 3-5 p.m. with the annual Birds & Brews event hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center. Enjoy low-priced drink specials on birdthemed beers, raffles for gift certificates to many popular Huntington restaurants, and an up-close and personal meet-andgreet with some of the Sanctuary’s resident raptors. COME ON, GET FRAPPY: It’s that time of

year again – Starbucks Coffee’s annual Frappy Hour will wind up on May 12. From 3-5 p.m., get your favorite frappuccinos for half the price. Unfortunately, with summer approaching, the calorie count is not halved like the price.

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Not Just A Cheap Sweet Treat Former mayor opens palates, minds with Exotic Chocolate Tasting business Spotlight On

Huntington Businesses By Mike Koehler

For many, chocolate is simple. It’s brown, sweet and given out to costumed children every fall. But Roxanne Browning sees chocolate in terms of human rights, the environment and business. Browning, of Northport, owns Exotic Chocolate Tasting. A one-woman show, her company reveals the truth behind chocolate, examines the intricacies of high-end sweets and pairs each piece with wine. “Chocolate and wine pairing is what I do. It’s an educational and entertaining event,” she said. Financial and health institutions in New York City and on Long Island are the most common clients for Exotic Chocolate Tasting, although there is an occasional home or local restaurant event. Browning holds about three pairings a week. Depending on how many courses her client requests, she creates those custom pairings. The creative process always starts with the wine, starting with a white or lighter red and moving along to bolder reds. She tastes a few chocolates for each wine,

eventually settling on the perfect match. “I taste the wines and match them to the chocolates and match them to certain features and nuances,” she said. Browning actually began her career in advertising before serving as the mayor of Northport from 1998-2002. Both provided her with plenty of stress, leaving the village resident looking for a career move. She decided on chocolate, photographing product. “I went to a chocolate show with my camera with the hopes I’d be hired as a food photographer for chocolate. It never happened,” she said. “However, I met the most amazing chocolate makers.” Browning listened to stories about how the cacao bean grows in the Ecuadorian rainforest, how it helps the indigenous people harvesting them, and how the fruit is part of that environment. “If they [the local Kichwa people] are paid a fair wage for their cacao, then they had a thriving business. They’re entrepreneurs in the jungle. I love the stories. When I was the mayor, I was very involved in environmental causes. This is taking it to a whole other level,” she said. Exotic Chocolate Tasting was born in 2009, but the Northport woman found herself in the Amazon in 2011 to get a firsthand lesson in her product. She lived with the Kichwa people for weeks, staying in a hut with no running water or power. She watched as they hacked the cocoa bean pods off the tree with a machete and cut them open. Removing the beans by hand, they are fermented, dried and roasted. The shells are removed, leaving behind nibs that are ground into a very fine chocolate

liquid. Sugar and cocoa butter is added, the resulting mixture is conched (mixed to promote oxidation), poured into molds and allowed to harden. Browning saw this all take place in the rainforests of Ecuador before the chocolate was shipped off to Europe or America. “They’re wonderful people who treated me very well. I was very fortunate and thankful to be there,” she said. The chocolate Browning witnessed being made and works with are very different from that sold in supermarkets. The small business owner regularly uses 60 different chocolates, coming from respected makers around the world. Her selection is dominated by dark chocolate with very little added sugar and at least 70 percent cacao. Some are also infused with sea salt or other flavorings. Chocolate, she added, changes with region much like grapes for wine. Different regions encompass different “terrior” – the French word for soil – that create different flavors. The cocoa bean in Ecuador will taste different than a cocoa bean in Madagascar. These artisan chocolates require very little processing or additional product. Browning shares these stories at her pairings, but she also reveals disturbing facts about the industry. An acre of rainforest is destroyed every day, lost to oil companies, illegal logging and other deforestation, she said. The hard wood trees they remove provide a canopy, creating shade necessary for cocoa trees to grow. Many of the beans used in the massproduced, highly-processed bars, Browning

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Chocolate sommelier Roxanne Browning can pair the culture behind chocolate together as well as she combines wine with the sweets. added, come from Africa and are heavily connected with child labor. “When people buy a cheap piece of chocolate in the supermarket, that’s where it comes from,” she said. Those bars cost $2-4, while artisanal chocolate runs $5-10. “Like anything else, you get what you pay for,” she added.

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Councilwoman Susan Berland, right, honors several members of the Dix Hills Jewish Center. At the Dix Hills Jewish Center’s (DHJC) Annual Academy of Stars gala, Matthew Kreinces, Neil Lasher, Arthur Hartman, Lisa Jospa Bloomstein, Ellen Zuckerman and Len Zuckerman were honored with official proclamations from the Town of Huntington. Kreinces, second-generation member of the DHJC and first vice president of the Suffolk Y-JCC, was honored for his leading role in Jewish community affairs. Lasher, regular attendee of minyan and active member of the DHJC’s Men’s Club and sports teams, was honored for his exceptional role in the Men’s Club. Hartman, born in Budapest to a modern orthodox family and member of the DHJC for 14 years with wife Katherine, was honored for his distinguished role in the weekly series “As We Pray.” Jospa Bloomstein, a lifelong member of the DHJC, board of trustees member and

past president of the Sisterhood, was honored for her outstanding role in Sisterhood. Zuckerman, an active DHJC member for 39 years and chair of the DHJC’s Cantor’s Concert and Special Gift committees, member of the Fundraising Committee and president of the Commack Hills Tova chapter of Hadassah, was honored for her Lifetime Achievement Role. Zuckerman, an active DHJC member for 39 years and member of the UJAFederation’s Suffolk Cabinet and Long Island Council and the DHJC’s Cantor Search and Cantor’s Concert committees, was honored for his Lifetime Achievement Role. “It was a pleasure for me to honor Matthew, Neil, Arthur, Lisa, Ellen and Len,” said Councilwoman Susan Berland, who bestowed the proclamations. “They are all active members of the Dix Hills

Scott Comer honors Lori Arav for being a top Coldwell Banker associate. Jewish Center who provide their support, professional expertise and dedicated service. I had a wonderful evening celebrating with Rabbi Beuchler and the congregation at the Dix Hills Jewish Center’s Annual Academy of Stars gala.” The Dix Hills Office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on Long Island and Queens announced its top associate at the company’s 2012 Awards Ceremony. Lori Arav was given the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society honor, awarded to associates who rank in the top 14 percent of the 82,200 Coldwell Banker agents worldwide, and was named the Dix Hills Top Associate in Buyer

Controlled Units, Listing Sold Units, and Total Units. The Dix Hills Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office was named the No. 2 Most Improved Office on Long Island and Queens. “Lori has demonstrated exceptional service and extensive real estate knowledge to her clients and customers,” said Scott Comer, branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Dix Hills office. “Each agent in the Dix Hills office has helped us improve, and has contributed to our team’s success in 2012. Through their hard work and dedication, they have truly made Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage the place to be.”


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A20 • THE HALF HOLLOW HILLS NEWSPAPER • MAY 9, 2013 THURSDAY Simple Gifts In Life "13" the musical will be presented by Simple Gifts Productions, 97 Little Neck Road, Centerport, on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and online: $16 adults/$12 children (ages 10 and under). 631-261-5999 or

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Mom’s ‘Nite’ Out On May 9, Walt Whitman Shops is the place to be as Simon Property Group, Inc. provides a free evening of relaxation and fun in honor of national Mom’s Nite Out. Starting at 5 p.m., the first 200 attendees to register at Simon Guest Services also will receive a free swag bag. A fashion show casting call will be held for women of all sizes, ages 21-101, in the Lord & Taylor Court. Entertainment will be provided by WKJY Radio (98.3 FM) from 5-7 p.m. Tourneau will serve complimentary champagne, chocolates and cookies in-store; Sephora will offer express makeovers in the common area; LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will provide hand and arm massages and facial treatments and give away two Sexy Fun Times gift sets in-store; Godiva Chocolatier will have caramel and truffle sampling, a gift basket drawing and special sale promotions, including two goody bags containing individually wrapped chocolates for $20 and a free chocolate truffle bar with any purchase.

• Children’s author T.D. Snoggins will be visiting the library on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.

Huntington Public Library Main Branch: 338 Main St., Huntington. 631427-5165. Station Branch: 1335 New York Ave., Huntington Station. 631-421-5053. • Are you a parent and looking to talk to other parents? There will be a parent-to-parent session on Wednesdays at noon. • New Horiozons String Orchestra invites the public to sit in on their rehearsals on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Northport-East Northport Public Library Northport: 151 Laurel Ave. 631-261-6930. East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road. 631-261-2313. • Tyrone Robinson will be performing Nat King Cole songs on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. • “Les Miserables” will shown at the Northport location on Friday, May 10th at 1:30 p.m.

South Huntington Public Library 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station. 631549-4411. • The Greenlawn American Legion will be collecting worn American flags from May 3- July 1st. • Motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan discusses “Transforming Your Life: The Four Agreements,” on Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.


Party Like It’s 1920 Experience the thrill of the “Roaring 20s” at a “Kick Off the Summer, Gatsby-Style” party hosted by the North Shore Promotion Alliance (NSPA) on May 16, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Chateau at Coindre Hall. $40 (or two for $75) in advance; $45 at the door (cash only). RSVPs and checks accepted only until May 10. Make checks payable to: North Shore Promotion Alliance. Mail to: NSPA, Box 572, Stony Brook, NY 11790 or pay by PayPal at 631-751-2244. Coindre Hall is located at 101 Brown’s Road in Huntington.

FRIDAY Spring Concert Northport Chorale’s “Spring For Song” show, including the Northport Tour Choir, is May 10, 8 p.m. at Northport High School, Laurel Hill Road, Northport. $12 adults/$10 seniors/$8 students. Contact Pearl for more info at 631239-6736, or Su at 631-261-3144.

Red Is For Passion Love the color red and enjoy living it up? The Red Hat women are looking for new members who enjoy going places and making new friends. Their motto: Fun, Frolic and Friendship. 631-271-6470 or

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Sammis Family House Tour The 62nd annual Sammis Family House Tour, features five well-appointed homes showcasing some of the North Shore’s finest architecture, is Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Early reservations are recommended. $55 in advance/$60 day-of. Lunch, complete with fashion show and vendors, is being offered at Coindre Hall in Huntington for $30 (optional). Call Jennie Sandler Fiocca at 631-427-3700, ext. 255 or visit shares their experiences at The Women’s Center of Huntington, 125 Main St., Huntington, on Mondays (except holidays) from 10 a.m.-noon. $15 members/$10 non-members. 631-549-0485.

See The Light Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia has organized an exhibit of Huntington Lighthouse artifacts and memorabilia to celebrate its centennial anniversary of The Huntington Lighthouse. The display includes correspondence between the Lighthouse Establishment and Lighthouse Keeper Robert McGlone, and an original painting of the lighthouse, which will be auctioned. On display in the Town Hall lobby, 100 Main St, Huntington, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-421-1985.


Plant Sale The Centerport Garden Club’s annual plant sale is May 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Harborfields Library. Shop for annuals, perennials, baked goods, or small gift items, and get gardening advice. Rain or shine.


Mommy And Me Yoga Free Mommy and Me yoga classes are offered in Dix Hills every Tuesday. Walkers: 12 Months and up, 9:45-11 a.m. Crawlers: 6-12 Months, 11 a.m.-noon. Register by phone or online: Chai Tots Preschool, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-351-8672.

Major Leaguers Host Clinic Aspiring baseball players can learn from the best – former major leaguers – at a special clinic May 19 at Greenlawn Park on Pulaski Road from 1-4 p.m. The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s Legends for Youth Clinic program will teach fundamentals. Open to ages 6-16. Visib Click on “events” to find the clinic and register.

MONDAY Aging And Saging Members of an “Aging and Saging” group

Commack Public Library 18 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4990888. • Are you game? Adults are welcome to play Bridge and Mahjong on Fridays at 1 p.m. through May. •.Preschoolers are welcome to make flower pot recipe holders just in time for Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Deer Park Public Library 44 Lake Ave., Deer Park. 631-586-3000. • Have you been interested in using an Ipad to read a book or play a game? The library now has Ipads available that are preloaded with preschool apps for use in the children’s room. • Young adults entering grades 6-9 in the fall interested in reading are invited to enter the 2013 Battle of the Books.

John W. Engeman Theater At Northport 350 Main St., Northport. 631-261-2900. • The next Broadway Concert Series is Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m., when five of New York's finest performers will recreate some of their most memorable career highlights and sharing amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes. $50.

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The 62nd annual Sammis Family House Tour, features five well-appointed homes showcasing some of the North Shore’s finest architecture, is Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Early reservations are recommended. $55 in advance/$60 day-of. Lunch, complete with fashion show and vendors, is being offered at Coindre Hall in Huntington for $30 (optional). Call Jennie Sandler Fiocca at 631-427-3700, ext. 255 or visit

Dix Hills: 55 Vanderbilt Parkway. 631-4214530; Melville: 510 Sweet Hollow Road. 631421-4535. • Is your family going through or recently went through a divorce? Join others going through the same things on Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. • Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., meet for friendly English conversation practice. All are welcome, refreshments provided. Call to register: 498-1225.

299 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 631-549-5106.

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Join business professionals at BNI Executive Referral Exchange’s breakfast networking meeting every Wednesday, 7-8:30 a.m. at the Dix Hills Diner, 1800 Jericho Turnpike, Dix Hills. 631-462-7446.

31 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-757-4200. • Children in grades K-2 can come together and share Lego building ideas every other Saturday beginning Saturday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday from 12-4 p.m. is “Military Appreciation Tuesdays,” when Long Island Cares specifically assists veterans, military personnel and their families at the Hauppauge and Freeport emergency pantries. Appointments can be made by contacting


95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. 631-6926820. • Jeanne Rogers’ work will be on display throughout the month of May.

Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Road, Dix Hills. Box Office: 631-656-2148. • “The Guitar Extravaganza,” celebrating the great jazz guitar teachers of the 20th century, including Dennis Sandole, Adolph Sandole, Hall Overton, Lennie Tristano, Sal Salvador, Joe Monk and others, is Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p/m. On display will be rare manuscripts, original memorabilia and other classic jazz instruments. $10.

3027 Jericho Turnpike, Elwood. 631-499-3722. • Homework help is being offered for students in grades 3-7 on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. through May 28. • “Life of Pi” will be shown on Saturday, May 11th at 2 p.m.

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Rain or shine, there will be a garage sale May 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 189 Burr Road (corner of Burr and Larkfield Roads), East Northport. 631-499-4655. Live local bands take over Finley's of Greene Street, 43 Greene St., Huntington, every Saturday night at 11 p.m. Join in the fun and food!

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107 East Deer Park Road, Dix Hills. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 631-462-5400. • Entries are being sought for their annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair at Heckscher Park in Huntington on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. • Acura of Huntington and the Art League of Long Island present “Driven by Art”, an exhibit celebrating the automobile and its highways and byways. The exhibit is on display at the dealership April 25-May 31.

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423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. • Singer-songwriters Gilles Malkine and Martin Swinger will be the featured artists during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series on Thursday, May 16. The 8:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members; $12 for non-members.

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Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sundays until 6 p.m.: $6 adults; $4 children 3-12 and seniors over 65; members and children under 3 are free. 516-692-6768.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor. Museum hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $4

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Rockin’ Fights Star Boxing's acclaimed "Rockin Fights" series will return for it's 8th installment at The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, on Saturday, May 11, headlined by a ten round heavyweight clash between New York fan favorite Vinny Maddalone, 36-8 27KO's and undefeated Kansas City, Missouri native Richard Carmack, 12-0 10KO's. 631-6737300.

fotofoto Gallery 14 W. Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m. 631-549-0448.

Heckscher Museum Of Art 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. Museum hours: Wednesday - Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., first Fridays from 4-8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $68/adults, $4-6/seniors, and $4-5/children; members and children under 10 free. 631-3513250. • “Car Culture: Art and the Automobile” on display through Aug. 11.

Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center Welwyn Preserve. 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove. Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: noon-4 p.m. 516-571-8040 ext. 100. • The permanent exhibit explains the 1920s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews and others: people with disabilities, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays and Polish intelligentsia.

Huntington Arts Council Main Street Petite Gallery: 213 Main St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Art in the Art-trium: 25 Melville Park Road, Melville. Gallery Hours: Monday Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 631-271-8423. • “Living Color” shows in the Art-trium through June 17.

Huntington Historical Society Main office/library: 209 Main St., Huntington. Museums: Conklin Barn, 2 High St.; Kissam House/Museum Shop, 434 Park Ave.; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St. 631427-7045, ext. 401.

LaMantia Gallery 127 Main St., Northport Village. 631-754-8414. • Robert Finale presents captivating landscapes and Richard Johnson displays exquisite paintings of the human face and form.

person,” infusing both the best blessing and the best that an educator can wish for his students.

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. Museum hours through April 15: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Grounds admission: $7 adults, $6 students with ID and seniors 62 and older, and $3 children 12 and under. Mansion tour, add $5 per person. 631-854-5555. • The newly renovated planetarium is now open. Check the website for show times. • The Arena Players Repertory Theater presents thriller “The Deadly Game,” runs through May 12 at the Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House Theater.

Walt Whitman Birthplace 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station. Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 students, and children under 5 are free. 631-427-5240, ext. 114. • Schedule at a time convenient for your group for high tea and transport yourself back in time as your group experiences High Tea in a private gathering house at the Birthplace. $25/person. 631-427-5240, ext. 113.

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Voice For The Children Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center are seeking volunteers to assist with general office duties during daytime hours. Candidates should be positive, energetic and professional with good communication skills. Resume and three references required. 631689-2672 or fax resume to 631-751-1695.

Friends At Home

A Loving Touch

Looking to earn some community service hours while changing a life? As part of the Friends@Home program, a project of The Ariella's Friendship Circle at the Chai Center in Dix Hills, visit a child with special needs in an environment they are most comfortable: their own homes. Together, bake cookies, play games, create arts and crafts, read books and more. Contact Nati or Sara at 631-351-8672 or

The Hospice Care Network is seeking licensed massage therapists who are passionate and committed to making a difference for their new complementary therapy program, which will provide services at Franklin Medical Center in Valley Stream, Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway and the Hospice Inn in Melville. Two-day training course provided by the organization. or 516-832-7100.

Be A Friend Of The Bay

Thrifty Hands Needed

Friends of the Bay is in need of volunteers who can help convert water quality data, which is currently kept in an excel sheet, into a Microsoft Access database. Assistance is also needed with ArcView GIS, to configure maps of the watershed. Call 516-922-6666 or email


215 Main St., Northport. Museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. 631-757-9859. • The latest exhibition, “Northport Collects II,” celebrates the passion for collecting by highlighting the unique and varied collections of members. On display through June.

Concerts with a Touch of Theater. At Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-385-0373

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Walt Whitman Birthplace

Ripe Art Gallery

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci has registered his District Office in Huntington Station as an official drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. To help the troops call home by donating your old cell phone, stop by or mail your phone to 1783 New York Ave., Huntington Station, 11746. 631-271-8025.

If you are interested in literature or history, the Walt Whitman Birthplace has fascinating and rewarding part-time volunteer positions available. Free training provided. 631-427-5420 ext.114.

SPLIA Headquarters: 161 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Joseph Lloyd Manor House: Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck. 631-692-4664. • “Long Island at Work and at Play,” early 20thcentury photographs from SPLIA’s collections, is now on display Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Suffolk Y JCC 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack. 631-4629800, ext. 140. Tuesday 1-4 p.m. Admission: $5 per person, $18 per family. Special group programs available. • The Alan & Helene Rosenberg Jewish Discovery Museum provides hands-on exhibits and programs for children 3-13 years old and their families, classes and camps. Now on exhibit: The Alef Bet of Being a Mensch. “Zye a mensch” is a Yiddish saying that means “be a decent, responsible, caring

AID & ASSISTANCE Help After Sandy Touro Law Center has opened a legal hotline at 631-761-7198 that is staffed Monday-Friday 9-6 by law students and attorneys from the bar associations. Bilingual and Spanish-speaking lawyers are available thanks to the Hispanic Bar Association.

VOLUNTEERING Seeking Volunteer Advocates The Family Service League’s Ombudservice Program of Suffolk County is seeking volunteers to train as advocates for nursing home, adult home and assisted living facility residents to help insure they receive quality care and their rights are protected. 631-427-3700 ext. 240.

Little Flower Day Care Network is recruiting for those interested in becoming registered New York State Child Day Car providers. Must be 18 years or older. Call 631-929-600 ext. 1239 to arrange for an appointment in your home with a day care social worker.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP SUFFOLK) needs adults 55+ to help in organizations throughout Suffolk County. Dozens of opportunities available in this federally funded program for just about any interest or skill. Visit or call 631-979-9490 ext.12 for more information.

Northport Historical Society Museum

67 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-807-5296. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • “I HAD” by Jeremy Zierau is currently on display.

Our Lady of Consolation, a 450-bed nursing and rehabilitative care center located at 111 Beach Drive in West Islip, is seeking compassionate individuals willing to volunteer their time as transporters, Eucharistic Ministers, office assistants, recreational therapy assistants and spiritual care companions. Volunteers needed seven days a week, days and evenings. Age 14 and older only. 631-5871600, ext. 8223 or 8228.

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9 East Carver St., Huntington. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 3-8 p.m. or by appointment. 631662-9459. • Sylvia Harnick’s solo exhibition “Under the Sea/& Elsewhere” is on display May 10-June 9, with an artist’s reception Saturday, May 11, 5-7 p.m.


Nursing/Rehab Center Needs Help

The Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack is seeking artistically gifted volunteers to partner with residents in a new program, “heART to heART” aimed at helping people with varying levels of cognitive ability express themselves through art. Contact Judie at 516-931-5036 or

370 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-7300. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • Star Boxing's acclaimed "Rockin Fights" series will return for it's 8th installment on Saturday, May 11, headlined by a ten round heavyweight clash between New York fan favorite Vinny Maddalone, 36-8 27KO's and undefeated Kansas City, Missouri native Richard Carmack, 12-0 10KO's.

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Meals On Wheels of Huntington is in need of men and women to be volunteers, who work in teams, delivering midday meals to shut-ins. Two hours required, one day a week. Substitutes also needed to fill in when regular drivers are unavailable. There is also a pressing need for nurses who can volunteer to screen potential clients. Times are flexible. 631-271-5150.

Be A Host Family Huntington Sanctuary is seeking families or individual adults to become Host Homes, which provide temporary shelter to youth between ages 12-17 who are experiencing a family crisis. Contact Jennifer Petti at 631-2712183 for more information.

Helping Furry Friends Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of animals. Free training provided. Visit or call 631-368-8770 ext. 204.

Helping Runaway Kids Share your ideas and opinions on how Huntington Sanctuary, a program of the Huntington Youth Bureau, can help youth ages 12-21 who run away or who are at risk of running away. The group’s advisory board meets one Thursday a month at 6 p.m. Call 631-271-2183.

Eyes For The Blind Suffolk County’s Helen Keller Services is looking for volunteers to visit blind who are homebound to socialize and aid in reading mail, possibly provide transportation. 631-424-0022.

Help American Red Cross The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The Suffolk County Chapter is looking for volunteers to assist in emergency shelters, at fires and natural disasters, with veterans, at community events or at the office. Free trainings provided. 631-924-6700 ext 212.

Huntington Hospital Auxiliary’s Community Thrift Shop needs volunteers for merchandise pricing and floor work on Monday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 631-2713143.

Seniors Helping Others The Retired Senior Volunteer Program offers volunteer opportunities throughout Suffolk County ranging from tour guides and soup kitchens to hospitals and mentoring for energized adults 55+. Training, travel reimbursement and liability insurance are included. 631979-0754

SOCIAL/SUPPORT/12-STEP Alcoholics Anonymous With their first meeting in Huntington opening in the late 1940s, Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope so that they may stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism. Call (631) 654-1150 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., or visit for information and a meeting list.

Narcotics Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who meet regularly and share their experience, strength and hope to stay clean and help others seeking recovery from addiction. Meeting list at, or call 631-689-NANA (6262).

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A Competition For Young Photographers

Murphy’s winning image in the Circles category. Maria Matteis of Half Hollow Hills West received an honorable mention in the Humor category for this image. Bailey Donovan of Jericho High School, Alex Zieve of Northport High School and Samantha Murphy of Syosset High School stand alone as the first-place winners of the Huntington Camera Club’s High School Competition. Dovovan’s winning entry in the Open category.

Kristen Gates of Wilson Tech won second place in the Open category with this image.

Through The Lens By Kevin Armstrong

The Huntington Camera Club has many dates on its calendar devoted to help members share their images and photographic endeavors with each other and advance their photographic skills. Since the club’s founding in 1967, other dates on their schedule are not membership focused, but serve a more important purpose. The meeting in early May is one of those dates, as the club stops its usual business to recognize the photographic skills of the area’s local high school students. In 1991, the club’s board was deciding what to do with a donation received by the family of a late member. The group reached a consensus and the Huntington Camera Club’s High School Photography Competition was born. On April 30, the club hosted the 2013

Zieve’s image was the big winner in the Humor category.

edition of the High School Competition, marking 23 straight years of providing students with a venue at which to display their images. Those first few competitions received entries from only Huntingtonarea high schools, with total entries reaching 200 from five or six schools. This year’s competition received 864 entries from 431 different students representing 15 different high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Students enter their work in one of the three categories announced at the prior year’s competition. This year’s categories were Humor, Circles, and Open (for entries not meeting the criteria of the other two categories). A competition of this size cannot wait until competition night to judge all the entries, so judging takes place a week prior. The judges have to select a first-, secondand third-place finisher and three honorable mentions for each category. On competition night, Bailey Donovan of Jericho High School, Samantha Murphy of Syosset High School and Alex Zieve of Northport High School were just three of the 200 students, teachers and friends and family in attendance. By the end of the evening, they stood alone as the three first-place winners. Dovovan’s winning entry in the Open category was a striking portrait of a young

boy featuring several images layered together with different strips of each exposure brought forward to create a linear pattern across his face. Murphy’s winning image featured a round portrait of a young woman imposed over a brick structure. This black and white entry took top honors in the Circles category. Zieve’s image of a young man holding his head in his hands was the big winner in the humor category. Northport’s Sydney Monahan received an honorable mention in the Open category this year, which marks the first time a student has placed in the winning group all four years of high school. Monahan will be studying photography at Syracuse University in the fall. The judges also selected images for second through sixth place in each category. Awards went to students from Northport, Syosset, Commack, Jericho, Huntington, Half Hollow Hills West, Glen Cove and Wilson Tech high schools. Each first-place winner took home a check for $200 and a new Nikon Coolpix P330 camera, courtesy of Melville-based Nikon Corporation. In Donovan’s case, her entry also won the Martin Kaufman Best-in-Show award, which added a photographic backpack to her winnings. The Best-in-Show winner is selected from the three first-place finishers each year. Cash

prizes, photographic books and certificates of merit were also awarded to the other winners in each of the three categories. Long-time competition sponsor, Comax Flavors of Melville, donated all the cash awards. As the evening’s master of ceremonies and current club vice president, Clyde Berger treated attendees to a “walk around the room” review of all the work submitted. Berger randomly selected from hundreds of entries displayed across all walls of the room. He spoke about the unique nature of the students’ work, allowing those students present to offer some insight into their image-making process. This gave those in attendance a glimpse into the monumental task the judges faced when they had to decide which entries were to make it to the final 18 images. The five judges, all of whom have achieved the club’s “master photographer” designation, spoke at length about the winning images. After thanking the teachers for their year-long effort to the competition, the winners were awarded their prizes. All of the winning images, along with photos of the competition night activities, can be viewed at Huntington Camera Club’s website at Kevin Armstrong can be reached at


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Committee to study possible school closures (Continued from page A3)

experienced the greatest decline of 6.1 percent since 2005, and an additional 3.5 percent loss is expected by 2014. Declines, the report said, are also expected at the middle school level, and losses at the high school level are expected to follow once “the smaller elementary and middle level cohorts reach the secondary schools.” Enrollment is influenced by demographic factors, the report said, including private school enrollment, population changes, immigration, and the status of the housing market. The regional, educational agency said districts should focus on demographics, enrollment and facilities to better accommodate school populations in the future. According to Jennifer Marino Rojas, vice president for grants and operations at the Rauch Foundation, in light of this trend, school districts should be actively planning to accommodate the future landscape of student enrollment. Moreover she said, dis-

tricts throughout Long Island should be taking a collective, regional approach, since disparities between high- and lowneed school districts have increased in recent years. “Consolidation is a tough battle on Long Island, and that would really be the better answer because it would alleviate overhead and administrative costs when you have a smaller school district, but it also starts to deal with some of the disparities you see among segregated school districts,” she said. “What the issue highlights is the need to do more regional planning, [because] if we all live in our little bubble, eventually, that bubble will pop.” The Half Hollow Hills School District has seen a consistent population of AfricanAmerican students since 2008, making up 13 percent of the student population throughout 2011. The Latino population has remained at around 5 percent, and the white population has decreased slightly, from 70

percent in 2008 to 68 percent in 2011. The Half Hollow Hills district has about 19 percent of Huntington township births, according to a 2011-2020 enrollment analysis and projections report, issued by Dr. Lloyd Bishop of Bishop Associates, Inc. Ptucha said the findings from the Bishop Associates study, which was commissioned within the last decade, were not as accurate as the district had hoped. However, the study reported that in 2010, a K-12 enrollment increase of 57 students was due to a new universal pre-kindergarten program; without the program, the district would have experienced a decrease in enrollment of -1.5 percent, the largest yearly decrease in K-12 enrollment during a five-year period, which the study notes is “one indication of [the effect of] the depressed housing market on school enrollments.” The study said from 2011-2015, an “average forecast” of projected K-12 enroll-

Half Hollow Hills photo/Danny Schrafel

Jared Bloom, the Supervisor of Assessment & Technology for South Huntington School District, introduces students to Now, a robot who will play a role in educating students at the upcoming Silas Wood Sixth-Grade STEM Career Academy.

ment will decline by 3.1 percent, and from 2016-2020, will decrease further by 3.3 percent, losing 290 and 269 students, respectively. The new study, the president said, will be a complete overhaul and provide the board, district and committee with the most accurate available information. “If we’re going to consider school closures, we’d best have the best data available to make the best available decisions, no capricious decisions. We want to ensure due diligence… This is a very serious, big, profound decision we’re embarking on here,” Ptucha said. Applications for the facilities steering committee may be submitted to the district clerk by May 20. Residents must be available to meet on the dates mentioned on the district’s website should they wish to sit on the steering committee. For more information on how to apply, visit

STEM schools support Island’s economic future (Continued from page A1)

we speak as to best roll out seventh and eight grade,” Bartholomew said. Nearby, in Huntington, district officials are awaiting word on a state grant that would allow them to re-open Jack Abrams School in Huntington Station as a STEM school. If STEM schools such as these inspire more local students to pursue engineering, that could help prevent Long Island firms from having to look even further away to hire, Brindley said. “We’re always in need of architects and engineers on Long Island and in our other locations,” he said. “We know that there’s pressure on young adults to leave Long Island because of the affordability issues.” H2M already promotes STEM education through initiatives like the ACE Mentor program. ACE allows 12-15

high school students to come to H2M’s offices once a month from September to May, where they work with architects and engineers in small groups to develop a project, design a building or a mechanical system. At the end of the internship, the students present their finished project to their families and teachers. Richard Humann, president/CEO of H2M, said the recent embrace of STEM education and the schools that deliver it is “critical” for the future of engineering firms like his. “By focusing on STEM education now, schools can help ensure that we’ll have the workforce necessary to design and engineer Long Island’s future,” he said. “As architects and engineers, we look forward to Huntington’s STEM students becoming a part of that workforce and joining our team.”

Melville stunt pilot aces emergency landing (Continued from page A1)

investigating along with the FAA. “We are gathering information to determine what happened and the extent of the damage,” he said. But flying in the air show will require a plane, and for the time being, the Melville man is lacking one. His single-seater is out of commision, so Windmiller is tapping connections across the country to find another plane. Growing up in Brooklyn, Windmiller has long been drawn to speed. He started flying at the age of 14. He’s flown nearly everything that can be flown during his 35 years in the cockpit, including helicopters, small planes and corporate jets. As a young man he worked as a professional pilot, quickly growing bored. “After a while it feels like driving your car,” Windmiller said. “When you’re getting a license, you’re thinking about every move you make. When you’re 30, you get in the car and drive.” He found his calling in aerobatics, flying at age 16 before getting his license. He competed in the International Aerobatics Club from 1988-2005 and represented

America for three years, including in the World Championship in France in 2000. “It’s art in the sky,” Windmiller said. The Melville man competes in Unlimited – the most difficult category for stunt pilots. That entails precision flying in a very small part of the sky. Windmiller compared his flying to competitive ice skating. Most competitions include four sequences. The first sequence is Known – a program competitors fly all year. The second is Free – in which pilots can integrate their style and skill. The last two sequences are Unknown – revealed to competitors just hours before competition to gauge their abilities. “That level of competition is the elite of the world that end up in the world championship,” he added. The Melville man gave up competitive flying to focus more on raising his five children and working full-time as a real estate developer. Although it was never a full-time gig, flying has always been his passion. “I just continue to do local air shows because it’s my favorite past time,” Windmiller said. The upcoming air show was also ex-

The stunt plane Melville pilot David Windmiller safely landed amid traffic on Route 231 last week was branded to promote Waterfiller, a trigger-activated, refillable water bottle he invented after watching children at soccer games drink from bottles they had tossed on the ground.

pected to be the first major marketing opportunity for his custom-designed water bottle. He created the Waterfiller after watching kids playing soccer drop their disposable water bottles on the ground alongside geese droppings, only to pick them back up again and drink from them. His Zivko Edge 540 was supposed to be part of the marketing plan. The bottles will also be on sale, two for $29.95, with a donation to the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Fund coming from the profits. “The people from the air show and have been really good to me. We’ll still be able to set up the booth. The goal is to find an airplane. I’ll be hard pressed if I didn’t,” he said. But even if Windmiller does find another plane, he admitted last week’s emergency landing may dampen his performance. Tumbles – “when the plane does cartwheels and summersaults” – are a major piece of his routine and stunt pilots must feel absolutely comfortable in the air. “This level of flying, the airplane becomes a part of you. It depends how different the airplane is from mine. I need it in advance to train,” he said.


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It’s Time To Play Ball! The St. Hugh-St. Elizabeth Baseball/Softball League kicked off its 2013 season with the annual welcome banner parade and introduction of this year’s players before parents, fans and community members on April 20. The league is based in Huntington Station and open to youngsters from all surrounding communities. Once again, the day’s program was held at the St. Anthony’s High School indoor track in South Huntington. Under the direction of 20-year Commissioner Marian Layer, this marks the 53rd anniversary of the league, which was formed in 1950 and offers baseball, softball and challenger divisions for area children from kindergarten through high school. More than 1,000 area youth will participate in the 2013 baseball, softball and challenger leagues including nearly 200 playing on the competitive travel teams. The league was joined by Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro, and Huntington Town Councilmembers Susan Berland and Mark Cuthbertson. “As always, I thank Commissioner Layer and the dedicated league volunteers for their continued commitment to our local youth,” D’Amaro said. “Play ball!”

Pictured back second from left, Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro, Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland, far left, and Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, second from right, join Kindergarten Clinic Coach Andrew Philips and “The Green Monsters” to celebrate opening day of the 2013 St. Hugh-St. Elizabeth Baseball/Softball League.


Lady Thundercolts Gallop Toward Playoffs Regular season ends against Smithtown West tonight after winning streak snapped Half Hollow Hills photos/Jacqueline Birzon

Midfielder Julia DiMaria fights off some of Northport’s Lady Tigers during last Friday’s game. By Jacqueline Birzon

Coming off of a four-game winning streak, the Lady Thundercolts left the field with heads hanging last Friday, after a 207 loss to Northport. But with the playoffs within reach and a successful season, boasting an 8-4 league record, prospects are looking good for the Half Hollow Hills combined girl’s lacrosse team. In an upsetting loss on May 3, Half Hollow Hills dropped the ball defensively, allowing their Northport (8-4) opponents 20 shots on goal. Hills scored just a pair of goals in the first period to Northport’s 12. Hills pushed back in the second half, but their resilience came a bit too late in the game. Senior co-captain and midfielder Julia DiMaria scored 3 goals; senior co-captain and attackman Alexis Maffucci scored 2

goals; Danielle Lulley and Jennifer Casadonte scored one point each, while Dani Marx provided an assist. On April 30, Hills defeated Middle Country (8-4) 9-6. DiMaria and senior attackman Cara Pascarella both scored 3 goals for the Lady Thundercolts. Maffucci, Casadonte, and senior attackman Ally Mackover each scored a point. Goalie Jillian Rocco had 9 saves to lead Hills over Middle Country. The combined team defeated Sachem East (7-5) 14-4 on April 26, in a game marked by offensive consistency. Hills scored seven points in both halves, and Mackover came out as the scoring leader with 4 goals and 2 assists for the Lady Thundercolts. Senior midfielder Sarah Matzelle scored 2 goals and an assist, Casadonte and Maffucci each added 2 goals. Senior attackman Nichole Doran, Pascarella, senior attackman Jillian

Despite the loss, senior midfielder Julia DiMaria played relentless offense—and defense— during a home game against Northport last week. Cornetta and Mia Inserra all scored one point to lead Hills over the Flaming Arrows. April 24 brought a 12-4 win over Hauppauge, when Maffucci had 4 goals and 2 assists; DiMaria and Mackover both scored 2 goals with an assist; Casadonte added 2 points and Anna Inserra and Pascarella both scored one point. Rocco had 8 saves. Half Hollow Hills had a particularly impressive performance against Ward Melville, a dominating force in Division I and seeded third overall, for the first time in over a decade. Hills trumped Ward Melville 9-7, maxing out a defensive effort in the second half and only allowing the Lady Patriots two shots on next to maintain their lead in the game.

Maffucci came out with a clutch offensive performance, securing 4 goals and an assist; while Pascarella added 2 goals for Half Hollow Hills. Matzelle and Casadonte both scored 1 point; DiMaria added a goal and 1 assist, while Rocco had 14 successful saves to lead the Lady Thundercolts to victory. With three more games left on the schedule, Hills still has some work to do before charging into playoffs. The girls hosted Bay Shore Tuesday for their final home game of the spring, although scores were not available by press time. On Thursday, Hills is slated to play their last Division I game at Smithtown West at 5:30 p.m. They’ll follow that up with a non-league game at Port Washington at 4:15 p.m. on May 13.


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Colts Stomp Redmen In Last Home Game Two games remain in regular season, will determine entry to playoffs Half Hollow Hills photos/Jacqueline Birzon

By Jacqueline Birzon

The Colts are fighting tooth and nail for their shot at the Suffolk County lacrosse playoffs. With only two games left and a mixed season record (6-6), Hills West’s performance in their final regular season games will determine which way the scale tips. Riding high off a recent win on Saturday, the Colts defeated the East Islip Redmen 10-3 for their final home game of the season. Also senior day, the May 4 game recognized each of the team’s 13 seniors, all of whom spent some time on the turf in celebration of their service to the team. Sophomore attackman Ryan Ozsvath scored 3 goals with an assist, while senior co-captain and midfielder, and Tufts commit, Willie Holmquist also added 3 points. Senior co-captain and attackman Blake Heller scored 2 goals on net; Riley Forte added one goal and 2 assists; and senior Michael Lucarelli, who next year will play for New York Tech, scored a point. Hills earned three unanswered goals in the first period, followed by three in the second and three in the third. Head Coach Nils Haugen said the Colts consistency allowed him to sub in some other senior players during the latter part of the game so that all seniors to could contribute and participate in their final home game. “We played well and had a good team win; we took care of what we needed to take care of and getting the win gets us one step closer to the playoffs,” Haugen said. “We’re trying to rise back to prominence in Suffolk County, and we feel like we’re moving in the right direction.” While the team is relatively young, the coach of 15 years said the veterans’ leadership has put West in position to qualify for the postseason. “We are right where we anticipated at this point in the season. We need to continue to play well and win,” he said. “If we take care of the things we can control we should be able to come out with a victory.” Prior to the game against East Islip, Hills West lost to Sachem North 13-5 on May 2.

Colts scramble for the ball during a game at Veteran’s Park against Northport. West had a lackluster performance that Thursday, with defense lacking and offense unable to compensate for the deficit. Holmquist, Heller, junior Pat Leone and Anthony Lucarelli each scored a goal. The Colts trampled the Hauppauge Eagles 8-3 on April 29, scoring six goals in the first half, totaling eight unanswered goals by the end of the third period. Ozvath scored 3 goals; Heller added 2 and Holmquist scored a goal with one assist. With two games remaining in the regular season before playoffs commence, the Hills West coach said they will approach each game like it’s the most important game of the season. “As a team we try not to look at any game differently; they’re all big games,” Haugen said. West played at William Floyd on Tuesday, but the final score was not available by press time. They’re scheduled to take on Copiague on Friday at 4 p.m. as the last game of the season.

Senior co-captain and midfielder Willie Holmquist outruns a Tiger during a game against Northport earlier this season.


Summer Camp A Hit For Varsity Coach Girls entering grades 1-9 have the opportunity to learn a thing or two this summer from the likes of Half Hollow Hills West varsity softball coach Rob Rizzo, who coached his Colts team to second place success this season. In its fourth year, the camp is open to girls ages 6-15 and is broken up into two different weeks. Both held at Half Hollow Hills High School West, the first session runs from June 24-28; the second is offered from July 15-19. Enrollment costs $150 per week-long session or

$250 for both weeks. Once a child is enrolled, they are divided by age group; then, by ability. Rizzo said that if a younger camper has the ability of an older player, they can be placed among older players who play at a similar level. Many of Rizzo’s previous players, and campers, return to help as coaches at the summer camp to give back to the program and maintain their passion for the sport. “A nice thing is that I have the girls

that previously played here come back as coaches. It’s nice to have girls come back and work with the younger ones,” he said. “They can learn all the basic skills of hitting, fielding and pitching; and it’s an inexpensive camp, so for everything else out there you’re getting some good quality lessons for a good price.” If a family registers more than one child for the camp, each additional child receives a $10 discount from their registration fee. If five children from a family register, the camp will knock off 10

percent instead. Rizzo said the camp provides him the opportunity to get to know the players while they’re younger, before they reach the high school level and try out for the varsity team. The experience helps him see where a player started and promotes consistency throughout the Half Hollow Hills softball program. To register for the half-day program, which runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., parents can call Rob Rizzo at (631) 365-6208, or e-mail

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